Forgive me, V., for I have sinned. I made the short-row hat instead of finishing your stuff. But, let me add, and like it or not, it's pure genius! And lots of fun to knit. I'll catch up on the other stuff later, I promise.
I started right away and finished today around 1 p.m. It took me about 8 hours. There was a break in the yarn (damn, I wish there wouldn't have been) that's why I have a half black and half white diamond, and I won't tell you that I am an idiot because I didn't get the whole message of the provisional cast-on, apart from that I am really pleased with the outcome!! Really, really, really. And, on top of all of it, this yarn ("Faith" from AmiAmi) is just soo soft and wonderful to knit with.
I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas, Hanukka, or whatever holiday you fancy!